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Fiber Classes

Beginning Knitting

Instructor: Claude Bolger

Basic techniques include cast on, knit, purl, binding off, shaping, basic finishing, and information about types of tools, materials, and pattern resources. Students may progress at their own speed. Advanced techniques will be taught, and projects chosen based on individual interest and skill level. For beginners – a materials fee of $30 is payable to the instructor at first class which includes yarn for a simple project and yarn needles. Practice yarn will be provided by the Crafts Center.

  • Sundays [4 weeks] September 11 – October 2: 1:00 – 4:00pm
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level:   NC State Students – $50    Public – $95

Fabric Jewelry [Workshop]

Instructor: Roberta Morgan

Wool Quilling Jewelry

Make fun necklaces, bracelets or pins using recycled tie-dyed T-shirts. When cut, rolled and glued into colorful shapes they are transformed into unique jewelry. This is a fun and easy way to up-cycle. We will also use this technique with strips of recycled wool fabric.  All supplies provided.

  • Saturday, October 15; 10:00am – 2:00pm       
  • Skill Level: Open to all
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $15     Public – $35  

Intermediate/Advanced Knitting

Instructor: Claude Bolger

For knitters who have taken a beginning class or experienced knitters who would like to stretch themselves by taking on a more complicated project. Bring your own yarn, tools, and pattern of your choice to the first class. Start at the beginning stage of a project or continue with an in-progress project. Instruction is individualized to help each student improve their current skills and learn new techniques required by their selected project. The diversity in projects and new techniques should be fun as well as a learning experience for everyone in the class. Practice yarn and circular knitting needles to practice with will be provided by the Crafts Center. Repeat students welcome!

  • Sundays [5 weeks] October 16 – November 13: 1:00 – 4:00pm
  • Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced
  • Prerequisites: Completion of Beginning Knitting class or equivalent knitting experience.
  • Class fees by level:    NC State Student – $65      Public – $120

Introduction to Sewing

Instructor: Roberta Morgan

Start sewing! Learn about selecting fabric, reading the printed pattern, laying out and cutting fabric, and using a sewing machine to make a simple garment. You will be learning to sew garments starting with an apron or skirt. If you have a pattern bring it, or you can purchase one before the second class along with the necessary supplies [thread, zipper, pins, etc.] to make it. The Crafts Center has a selection of donated fabric you can choose from or you can bring your own fabric. Bring your own machine or learn on one of ours.

  • Wednesdays [4 weeks] September 7 – 28: 6:30 – 9:30pm
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $60     Public – $105   

Needle Felting [Workshop]

Instructor: Roberta Morgan

Learn the craft of needle felting by making a bold and colorful 2″ wide cuff bracelet or brooch. The craft of needle felting is the process of embedding colorful wool roving into a foundation fabric using barbed needles that snag the fibers. Beads and buttons are added and Ultrasuede® provides a comfortable backing. Once you learn this fun and easy process, you will discover that it can be used to enhance clothing or home decor. All supplies will be provided by the instructor.

  • Saturday, September 17; 10:00am – 2:00pm       
  • Skill Level: Open to all
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $15     Public – $35   

Small Round Reed Basket [Workshop]

Instructor: Angela Eastman

Learn the basics of basket weaving by creating your own functional basket from reed. Students will make a small round basket and learn how to start and weave a base, add decorative weave patterning on the sides, and finish the basket with a sturdy border. Expect to leave with a basket and instructions to help you make more at home! A materials fee of $10 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the class.

  • Saturday, October 15; 10:00am – 5:00pm   
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $30     Public- $55  

Weaving on a Floor Loom – Beginning Weaving

Instructor: Maggie Inman

Students will be introduced to reading a simple weaving draft. After discussing the interaction of weaving colors together, and planning out a small project, you will select from various color choices and patterns to design your own scarf out of rayon and/or cotton. Learn to use a warping board to measure your project and how to dress the loom with the warp. Enough yarn will be provided to practice weaving mechanics and try out some different colors and patterns before weaving the scarf. If you have previously taken the Beginning Weaving on a Floor Loom class at the Crafts Center, and want to continue learning, you can come prepared with a project in mind and weave the equivalent of two scarves. 

Everyone learns and works at a different pace. If you get behind between classes or are unable to fully complete your project during the class time allotted, the loom will be available for you to catch up or finish your project during the regular hours of the Crafts Center through the date listed for the specific class section listed below. Class fee includes materials and equipment for creating the class project and personal use of a loom for the time specified after the class ends.

  • Section A: Mondays and Wednesdays [9 evenings] Aug 31, Sept 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 28, Oct 3, 5: 6:30 – 9:00pm [skips Sept. 5 and 26] [includes use of loom through Sunday, Oct. 16.]
  • Section B: Mondays and Wednesdays [9 evenings] Oct 17, 19, 26, 31, Nov 2, 7, 9, 14, 21: 6:30 – 9:00pm [skips Oct. 24 and Nov. 16] [includes use of loom through Tuesday, Dec. 6.]
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $135      Public – $225   

Register for classes

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Cancellations

Most of our classes fill quickly so there is often a wait list. Late notice cancellations require considerable processing and labor to try and fill the reserved seat. Therefore, cancellations under 10 days are not able to be refunded unless we can fill the space.
• If cancellation occurs 10 or more days prior to the start of a class, a processing charge of 25% of the registration payment or $25 (whichever is less) will be assessed and the remainder refunded.
• If cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the start of a class, a refund cannot be issued unless the space can be filled. If the space is able to be filled, a 50% refund of  payment will be issued.
If you find you need to cancel out of a class you have registered for, you must drop the class via Reporter», our new online registration system

Cancellation requests will not be accepted at the main desk or via phone or email.

Absences

To receive an optimal experience and get the most out of the class, attendance is important as there are no provisions for make-up sessions for missed classes.

Wait Lists

Names are accepted on waiting lists via Reporter» after a class is full until the day the class begins.  Wait lists are only valid for the current semester’s class – wait lists are not carried over to the next semester.